Today in Labor History – November 16th

The Ravensdale coal mine

The Ravensdale Coal Mine

The Ravensdale coal mine explosion killed 31 workers in Washington state. The mine was well known for excessive coal dust. – 1916

A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania granted an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Company forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in progress, or even singing hymns. Union leaders termed the injunction “drastic.” – 1927

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